Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty for Possession of Illegal Gun and Fentanyl with Intent to Sell

Modified: June 13, 2022 12:45pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 33-year-old Angel L. White of Buffalo pleaded guilty this morning before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (Class “B” felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest charges in the indictment against him.

On October 21, 2020, at approximately 10:48 p.m., the defendant was the front seat passenger of a vehicle when Buffalo Police officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of Mary Johnson Avenue after observing the driver turn onto South Division Street after failing to stop at a stop sign or signal on Spring Street. The vehicle was impounded after officers determined that the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended license.

During an inventory search of the vehicle, an Erie County Sheriff’s Office K9 reacted to a locked satchel found on the floor of the front passenger’s seat. Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Unit obtained a search warrant for the locked bag. A loaded, illegal revolver, approximately 100 grams of packaged fentanyl and approximately $5,000 in cash were found inside of the satchel. Police also recovered paperwork with the defendant’s name on it from the bag. The illegal gun and packaged narcotics were linked to the defendant through DNA evidence.

White faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. He remains released on $30,000 bail.

DA Flynn commends Buffalo Police Officer Jake Giarrano, Erie County Sheriff’s Office K9 Officer Robert Galbrait and the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Unit for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James W. Mansour, II of the Narcotics Unit.